Northern Hospital was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States.
Northern Hospital scored in the top 100 rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.
“Rural healthcare encompasses more than 60 million Americans and the facilities which comprise our Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the rural health safety net,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “Our data analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.
Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals
Northern Hospital has landed on Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016. Becker’s is the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives. Becker’s defines a “community hospital” as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.
A release from Becker’s states, “The hospitals on this list are not far from major metro areas, while others serve more rural communities. Regardless of their location, or their independence or affiliation with a major system, these hospitals are a vital part of their respective communities. The origins of [Northern] can be traced back to the 1950s. [The hospital] has since blossomed into a high-tech facility staffed by board-certified and fellowship-trained clinical specialists.”
The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations. The list of the 100 Great Community Hospitals and more information can be found at www.beckershospitalreview.com.
Facts and Figures on Rural and Community Hospitals
According to the American Hospital Association here are 5,627 registered US hospitals. Of those, the AHA classifies 4,936 as “Community Hospitals”.
The AHA defines a community hospital as “all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. Community hospitals include academic medical centers or other teaching hospitals if they are nonfederal short-term hospitals. Excluded are hospitals not accessible by the general public, such as prison hospitals or college infirmaries.”
Of AHA’s 4,936 community hospitals, there are 273 that have greater than 500 beds.
Becker’s Hospital Review defines a community hospital as one with fewer than 550 beds. Becker’s also excluded Critical Access Hospitals of which there are approximately 1,300 across the country.
Based on these numbers Becker’s Hospital Review surveyed approximately 3,300 hundred hospitals and Northern Hospital is among the top 100 out of 3,300.